Though it’s been a known factor for some time, filmmaker Chris Nolan has once again confirmed the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises” will be his final “Batman” film in an interview with EW.
Unlike before however, Nolan’s enthusiasm for the project seems to be much more perky than before and actually relieved to be doing a sequel again – “I feel very glad that I’m doing another Batman film. I think it would have been daunting to sit down and write an original script after ‘Inception’. I love working within the realm and rules of our Batman world. It’s kind of nice to have someplace to go that I’m super-excited about.”
He also confirms that with first “The Dark Knight” and now “Inception” proving such a money spinner for Warner Bros. Pictures, he doesn’t feel obligated to the studio and will thus do whatever he wants with ‘Rises’ – “I must say that I’m glad – I’m very, very glad – to be embarking on the last chapter of our Batman saga without any sense of obligation or duty to the studio. They did very well with Inception. So I’m able to go into finishing our story in a very enthusiastic way.”
Nolan confirms that he an “Inception” video game is being developed and right now that’s the only plan for any kind of follow-up at present. No film sequel? “it’s not something I want to say no to, but it’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought about.”
In other ‘Rises’ news, a report emerged at CBM claiming that CG and deleted footage from “The Dark Knight” was to be used in ‘Rises’ to give the late Heath Ledger’s The Joker character a cameo appearance in ‘Rises’ – likely something as quick as the CG young Arnie cameo in “Terminator Salvation”.
Warners quickly shot down the report, telling Moviehole the rumour is “just not real”.
Updated: Nolan and his wife/producing partner Emma Thomas themselves dismissed the report last night, telling Heat Vision “I heard the rumor. we’re not doing that.”
Nolan added that Ledger’s performance as the Joker should be contained to the 2008 movie.